First, Mark Albright. Now this. The PC Police at the University of Washington are not doing a very good job of having their meteorologists drink the Kool-Aid.
Despite previous studies suggesting a warmer climate is already taking a bite out of Washington's snowpack, there's no clear evidence that human-induced climate change has caused a drop in 20th century snow levels, according to a new study by University of Washington scientists.Predictably, the same people who went after Albright (who is a co-author of this new study) are ranting.
"They're trying to forecast the next 20 years or so, and I don't think they can do it," said Alan Hamlet, a UW hydrologist who has written papers about historic Cascade Mountain snowpacks.Huh? Isn't that what the Goracle has been doing?
Hamlet also criticizes some of the statistical analysis in the new study, saying it could exaggerate the role of decade-to-decade changes in ocean conditions while understating other potential influences, including global warming.And yet global warming alarmists have passed off this year's record cold and snowy winter in the Northwest as being a result of an unusually strong La Nina and not a reversal in planetary warming trends.
"I just don't think the science is there," Hamlet said.
"Settled" science? Uh huh. Room for reasonable doubt? You bet.